Prem Nichani

My name is Prem Nichani and I will be entering my first year of medical studies at University of Toronto in the Doctor of Medicine, MD program to develop a better understanding of modern health care and research. I recently finished my undergraduate degree in the Honours Health Sciences, HBSc program at Wilfrid Laurier University.

In pursuit of my interest in healthcare and medicine, specifically paediatric medicine, I have been motivated me to continue to volunteer at The Hospital for Sick Children, a commitment I have held for the past seven consecutive summers now (2011-2017), continuing to be of service this summer in the Emergency Department and in Special Events. Past work experience includes my role as the owner and a DJ for Six Side Entertainment which provides DJ, photography, and videography services for weddings, corporate events, and other special events. In the summer of 2016, I was fortunate to have an opportunity as an intern at Columbia University Medical Centre where I shadowed doctors, attended meetings in which genetic screening results for patients were discussed, and analyzed files for drug resistance, gene fusions, mutations, copy number, and more. In the summer of 2015, I was was involved in an ovarian biology project with the Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) and in conjunction with CReATe Fertility Centre in Toronto. In the summer of 2014, I was fortunate to receive an NSERC USRA to work on my own bacterial protein project in the lab of Dr. Matthew Smith. I also spend time in the ER at Grand River Hospital as a volunteer and was a kindergarten volunteer for children with special needs at Kids’ Ability.

Aside from the sciences, I make sure to take time doing other things I love to do including DJing (DJ Mocha Love), music production, and website design. My favourite author is John Grisham and I know that I would be nothing without my friends or family. I am currently interested in the literature of Atul Gawande and is in the process of reading Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes to an Imperfect Science in my spare time.

“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”     –John F. Kennedy

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”     –Mahatma Gandhi

“Music is a magic art;…most of us would find it easy to describe our emotional response, but difficult to identify its exact cause.”     –Anon.

Education & Training

  • MD 2021

    Doctor of Medicine

    University of Toronto, Toronto

  • HBSc 2017

    Honours Health Sciences

    Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo

  • OSSD 2013

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma

    St. Michael's College School, Toronto

Volunteer Experience

Work Experience

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • NOV 2014-2016
    Dean's Honour Roll
    Dean-s-Honour-Roll-2014-15Dean s Honour Roll (2013-14)
  • AUG 2014-2016
    Laurier In-Course Scholarship C (Level 3)
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    A scholarship with a monetary value of $1500 granted automatically to students who have maintained a 11.00-12.00 GPA of all courses taken during the fall, winter and spring terms of the previous academic. Candidates must have current registration with Wilfrid Laurier University as their home institution, and have completed a minimum of 5.0 full credits in the previous fall, winter and spring terms through Wilfrid Laurier University. To receive an in-course scholarship, candidates must be registered in 5.0 full credits over two full time academic terms, in the current academic year.
  • MAR 2016
    Faculty of Science Undergraduate Scholarship

    A scholarship with a monetary value of $500 granted to one student in the Faculty of Science in his/her second year of undergraduate studies with a minimum cumulative GPA of 10.0 (A-) and who has also made a significant contribution to the Faculty of Science through active involvement in faculty activities. Should more than one applicant be eligible for the scholarship, it will be granted to the applicant with the highest cumulative GPA. The annual scholarship was established in honour of Dr. David Peirson, the first Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science (2000-2005) and Dr. Arthur Read, the Dean of Arts and Science (1983-1998).

    FoS Undergraduate Scholarship 2016

  • APR 2015
    Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) Davis + Henderson Studentship (Student Research Award)
    The D+H SRI Summer Studentship Award is designed to attract outstanding university students into postgraduate careers. Awards of $3,200 will be given to the top 25 ranked applications. A panel of Sunnybrook graduate students and postdoctoral fellows chaired by Dr. Jonathan Rast will review the applications. Students are paid $13.48/hour + 4% vacation pay.

    Research administration, through an awards panel comprised of graduate students, will award funds to supervisors based on the following criteria:

    •quality of the supervisor’s research environment (e.g., people, projects, funding, space)
    •background of the student candidate matching the research
    •quality of the student, and the perceived potential for the proposed project to promote the
    •student’s career development
    •relevance of the project to the research environment.

    Sunnybrook - Letter of Employment CReATe - Offer of Employment

  • 2014, 2011, 2010
    Duke of Edinburgh: Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards
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    The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, bringing together practical experiences and life skills to create committed global citizens and equipping young people for life. Since it was founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, over eight million people have participated in the Award in over 140 countries and territories. This award involves completing physical recreation activities, going on expeditions, volunteering, and working towards a skill.

    GOLD AWARD ACTIVITIES
    • Tai Chi, Workouts, Intramural League Sports, Tennis, Cycling
    • Biking Trip from Toronto, ON to Niagara Falls, ON
    • Volunteering w/ The Hospital for Sick Children
    • SMCS Student Government

    DOE Gold

    SILVER AWARD ACTIVITIES
    • YMCA Personalized Training w/ Personal Trainer, Intramural Hockey
    • Georgian Bay Canoe Trip w/ Alive Outdoors
    • Volunteering w/ Medical Doctor, The Hospital for Sick Children
    • SMCS Drumline

    DOE Silver

    BRONZE AWARD ACTIVITIES
    • Workouts, Cycling, and Intramural Hockey
    • Koshlong Lake Canoe Trip w/ Alive Outdoors
    • Volunteering w/ Medical Doctor
    • Chinese Mandarin at St. Aidan Catholic Elementary School

    DOE Bronze

  • MAY 2014
    NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)
    The NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award is presented to students who wish to get involved in research in the natural sciences and/or engineering and at the time of their application have had history of high academic achievement in order to be competitive. At the least, these students must have obtained a cumulative standing of a GPA higher than 2.7. The total value of this award is $5750 ($4500 from NSERC and a supervisory top up of $1250). The recipient of the NSERC USRA must work full-time for a duration of 16 consecutive weeks throughout the summer.

    NSERC Funding Decision – Prem Nichani

    WLU NSERC Letter of Acceptance - Summer 2014 NSERC Letter of Acceptance - Summer 2014

  • MAR 2014
    Academic Award
    The Academic Award is presented to one male and one female of the nearly 500 undergraduate residents of the Wilfrid Laurier University Spring Residence who has high academic achievement in addition to making significant contributions to and sharing talents with the community by getting involved in a diverse array of clubs, societies, and activities within the university.

    WLU SPRING Academic Award 2014

  • SEP 2013
    Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship
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    An entrance scholarship of $2000 presented to incoming Wilfrid Laurier University undergraduate students who have an overall average of 90-94.9% for their top 6 grade 12 U/M courses in their graduating year.
  • JUN 2013
    Magna Cum Laude
    The Magna Cum Laude award is presented to St. Michael’s College School students who have collectively achieved the Ontario Scholar designation, the St. Thomas More Award, the Grad “M,” and the Basilian Book Award.

    Magna Cum Laude

  • JUN 2013
    Basilian Book Award
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    The Basilian Book Award is presented by the Basilian Fathers to the students who have achieved a 90% (or greater) academic average in the courses they complete at St. Michael’s College School.

  • JUN 2013
    Ontario Scholar
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    The Ontario Scholar award is presented by the Ontario Ministry of Education to a student who has obtained an average of at least eighty percent in any six Grade 12 University Preparation, University/College Preparation, College Preparation, Workplace Preparation, Open, Cooperative Education, or College-delivered Dual Credit courses; or Ontario Academic Courses.

    Ontario Scholar

  • JUN 2013
    Grad 'M'
    The prestigious Graduation “M” is presented to students who have made a significant contribution to the St. Michael’s community in the areas of sharing talents in a wide range of clubs, community service, and athletics. It is a statement of the gratitude and recognition of the St. Michael’s community.

    Grad-M

  • JUN 2013
    Odette Award
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    The Odette Award is presented to students who have made an outstanding contribution to the school by combining academics and extracurriculars well during their years at St. Michael’s College School.

  • JUN 2013
    St. Thomas More Award
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    The St. Thomas More Award is presented by the Parents’ Guild to St. Michael’s College School graduates who have consistently maintained an average of 80% or better at year’s end for their entire high school career. Courses taken at night or summer schools or by correspondence do not qualify for the purposes of this award.

    St. Thomas Moore Award - SMC 2013

Notable Extracurricular Activities

  • APR 2016MAY 2015

    President and Chair, Faculty of Science Students' Association

    •Led a team of 9 executives towards common goals in the execution of events and meetings where topics to enrich the undergraduate careers of students in the faculty of science at Laurier were discussed.
    •Oversaw a $233 000 budget to provide 3600 students with opportunities for academic advancement, social networking opportunities, undergraduate research, and social activities.
    •Collaborated with faculty and senior administration in the planning and execution of novel ideas such as: (1) the funding of chemicals and reagents for professors’​ labs in an effort to provide an increased number of research opportunities for students and to aid professors by subsidizing the costs of chemicals and other laboratory-associated costs; (2) working on a proposal in association with the Students’​ Union (WLUSU), Deborah Lam (Programming and Promotions Manager), Arts Students’​ Association (CICDA); (3) working to establish an on-going FOSSA gift fund whereby FOSSA donates an annual amount of $45 000 towards undergraduate research scholarships to encourage student involvement in undergraduate research with a supervising professor at the university; and (4) establishing an online Faculty of Science (FoS) e-commerce platform to enable students to purchase FoS-branded clothing, technology-related equipment, stationary, and memorabilia.
    •Designed, developed, and updated FOSSA.ca to keep the science students of Wilfrid Laurier University informed regarding future events, opportunities, science at Laurier, and general science news.
    •Liaisoned between the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union in order to keep the students and faculty informed.
    •Planned, attended, and actively participate in weekly FOSSA Executive meetings.
    •Actively participated in the development and execution of FOSSA events.

  • APR 2015MAY 2014

    Executive Vice President, Faculty of Science Students' Association

    •Responsible for the adjudication and disbursement of $45000 in undergraduate research scholarships to encourage student involvement in undergraduate research with a supervising professor at the university.
    •Designed, developed, and updated fossa.ca to keep the science students of Wilfrid Laurier University informed regarding future events, opportunities, science at Laurier, and general science news.
    •Liaisoned between the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union in order to keep the students and faculty of science informed.
    •Attended and actively participate in weekly FOSSA Executive meetings.
    •Actively participated in the development and execution of FOSSA events.

  • JUL 2012JUL 2012

    Shad Valley International Memorial University of Newfoundland (Shad MUN) Participant

    Shad ValleyShad Valley is Canada’s premier enrichment program in intensive science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for gifted students around the world designed to push students’ intellectual, creative and leadership skills. It’s a 4-week summer program in which students live in residence at a host university learning about through lectures, seminars, and workshops. They work in “House” teams to create a prototype of a product and an accompanying business plan building entrepreneurship skills. There is a rigorous application process, which goes in depth into both the students’ academics and extra-curriculars. Over 1,000 students apply, over ~900 students meet the requirements but with only ~50 spots available per campus, 600+ students are accepted.

Certifications and Licenses

  • August 2014
    CPR-HCP, AED, and Standard First Aid
    Training Content:

    • The First Aider’s Role
    • Check, Call, Care
    • H.A.IN.E.S. Recovery Position
    • Choking—Adult
    • Assisting with Medications
    • Angina and Heart Attack
    • Stroke
    • CPR—Adult
    • Deadly Bleeding
    • Level A content
    • Choking—child and baby
    • CPR—child and baby
    • Level C content
    • Jaw thrust
    • Pulse check
    • Rescue breathing—adult, child, and baby
    • BVM—adult, child, and baby
    • Two-rescuer CPR—adult, child, baby
    • Preparing to respond
    • The EMS system
    • Airway emergencies
    • Breathing and circulation emergencies
    • First aid for respiratory
    • Wound care
    • Head and spine injuries
    • Bone, muscle and joint injuries
    • Sudden medical emergencies
    • Environmental emergencies
    • Poisons

    HCP-CPR, AED, SFA

    Previous CPR-A Training: April 2010, Heart and Stroke Foundation

  • August 2014
    G Ontario Driver's License
    Any car, van or small truck or combination of vehicle and towed vehicle up to 11,000 kg provided the towed vehicle is not over 4,600 kg, but not,

    – a motorcycle or motor assisted bicycle;
    – a bus carrying passengers; or
    – an ambulance in the course of providing ambulance service as defined in the Ambulance Act.

    A recreational vehicle towed by a pick-up truck may exceed 4,600 kg.

  • 2013, 2012, 2011
    American DJ University Level 3 Graduate
    Level 3 Courses:

    • Aerial vs. Projection Lighting Effects
    • Dance Floor Safety
    • Keeping It Clean – Looking Professional
    • Lasers

    ADJ Level 3

     

    Level 2 Courses:

    • School Dances
    • Mixing 101
    • Survival Kit
    • Client Meeting
    • Transporting Your Gear
    • Music Programming For Mobile DJs
    • Building Your Business with Truss
    • Rotating The Dance Floor

    ADJ Level 2

     

    Level 1 Courses:

    • Lighting Basics 101: Terminology & Maintenance
    • DMX 101
    • Fog / Haze Machines
    • The Up-take On Uplighting
    • Great GOBOS
    • Audio Gear 101
    • How to Hook-Up an Audio System
    • Business Side of DJing

     

    ADJ Level 1

  • January 2014
    Career Development Certificate
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    Career Development

  • August 2007
    Java Education & Development Initiative: Basic Web Design

    Web Course Design